My son, a friend and I were walking through the woods a couple of weeks ago…scampering over rocks and boulders, enjoying a beautiful and cooler day. This particular trail is one of our favorites, with massive boulders and rocks lining the path as you enter the trailhead.
The first part of our trek we didn’t stay on the path much, instead choosing to do a little rock scampering, climbing up and down to follow along the path in a more interesting way…being mindful that we stayed on the rocks so we wouldn’t cause erosion, but finding new and interesting paths to take over said rocks.
It certainly wasn’t the easiest route we could have taken that day, our rock scampering…we moved our bodies in new and interesting ways, we worked a bit harder than if we had just stayed on the trail. Let’s be honest, I had to use my hands quite a bit to stay upright and safe…but it was interesting and fun.
There are times when it is easiest to just stay on the same path in our movement journey…to keep doing the same motion, the same movement over and over again. Movement is good, my friends, it’s good for our bodies and our minds, and I don’t want to diminish our repetitive movement practices, they are important. Even so, moving in new and interesting ways is really good for us, both body and mind. Keeping our muscles strong not only in a front and back motion, but in a side to side motion is essential. Working not only the bigger muscles, but the smaller ones also is an important part of our movement. Working on our balance, our breath in our movement practices and giving ourselves space to slow down and calm our nervous system is so beneficial to our bodies and our minds.
I think there are times in life when we only have the bandwidth for our easy, repetitive movement practices…the ones that take little thought…but I think, if we have the bandwidth for something more, it can be of great benefit to us.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!